Isaiah 64:4
New International Version
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

New Living Translation
For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!

English Standard Version
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

Berean Study Bible
From ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.

King James Bible
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

New King James Version
For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.

New American Standard Bible
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of one who waits for Him.

NASB 1995
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

NASB 1977
For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, Neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

Amplified Bible
For from days of old no one has heard, nor has ear perceived, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and acts in behalf of the one who [gladly] waits for Him.

Christian Standard Bible
From ancient times no one has heard, no one has listened to, no eye has seen any God except you who acts on behalf of the one who waits for him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From ancient times no one has heard, no one has listened, no eye has seen any God except You, who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.

American Standard Version
For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God besides thee, who worketh for him that waiteth for him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From eternity they did not pay attention and they did not hear, and an eye has not seen, oh God, beside you, what you do for those who wait for you

Brenton Septuagint Translation
From of old we have not heard, neither have our eyes seen a God beside thee, and thy works which thou wilt perform to them that wait for mercy.

Contemporary English Version
You are the only God ever seen or heard of who works miracles for his followers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
From the beginning of the world they have not heard, nor perceived with the ears: the eye hath not seen, O God, besides thee, what things thou hast prepared for them that wait for thee.

English Revised Version
For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God beside thee, which worketh for him that waiteth for him.

Good News Translation
No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one has ever heard, no one has paid attention, and no one has seen any god except you. You help those who wait for you.

International Standard Version
Since ancient times no one has heard, and no ear has perceived, and no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And whereof from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, Neither hath the eye seen a God beside Thee, Who worketh for him that waiteth for Him.

Literal Standard Version
Even from antiquity [men] have not heard, "" They have not given ear, "" Eye has not seen a God except You, "" He works for those waiting for Him.

NET Bible
Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who intervenes for those who wait for him.

New Heart English Bible
Since ancient times no one has heard, and no ear has perceived, and no eye has seen a God besides you, who works for him who waits for him.

World English Bible
For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides you, who works for him who waits for him.

Young's Literal Translation
Even from antiquity men have not heard, They have not given ear, Eye hath not seen a God save Thee, He doth work for those waiting for Him.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Prayer for God's Power
3When You did awesome works that we did not expect, You came down, and the mountains trembled at Your presence. 4From ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. 5You welcome those who gladly do right, who remember Your ways. Surely You were angry, for we sinned. How can we be saved if we remain in our sins?…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:9
Rather, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him."

Psalm 31:19
How great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have bestowed before the sons of men on those who take refuge in You!

Isaiah 25:9
And in that day it will be said, "Surely this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation."

Isaiah 30:18
Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore He rises to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. Blessed are all who wait for Him.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 66:8
Who has heard of such as this? Who has seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be delivered in an instant? Yet as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.


Treasury of Scripture

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O God, beside you, what he has prepared for him that waits for him.

have not

Psalm 31:19
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

1 Corinthians 2:9,10
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him…

Ephesians 3:6-10,17-21
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: …

seen, etc.

Psalm 31:19
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Matthew 25:34
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

waiteth

Isaiah 25:9
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Genesis 49:18
I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

Psalm 62:1
To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.









(4) Neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee . . .--The best commentators are in favour of rendering, Neither hath the eye seen a God beside Thee, who will work for him that waiteth for Him. The sense is not that God alone knows what He hath prepared, but that no man knows (sight and hearing being used as including all forms of spiritual apprehension) any god who does such great things as He does. St. Paul, in 1Corinthians 2:9, applies the words freely, after his manner, to the eternal blessings which God prepares for His people. Clement of Rome (chap. 34), it may be noted, makes a like application of the words, giving "those who wait for Him" (as in Isaiah), instead of "those who love Him."

Verse 4. - Neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared, etc.; rather, as in the margin, neither hath the eye seen a God, beside thee, which worketh for him that waiteth upon him. The only "living God" who really works for his votaries, and does them good service, is Jehovah (comp. Isaiah 41:23, 24; Isaiah 44:9, etc.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
From ancient times
וּמֵעוֹלָ֥ם (ū·mê·‘ō·w·lām)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

one has heard,
שָׁמְע֖וּ (šā·mə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

no
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

ear has perceived,
הֶאֱזִ֑ינוּ (he·’ĕ·zî·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 238: To broaden out the ear, to listen

no
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

eye
עַ֣יִן (‘a·yin)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

has seen
רָאָ֗תָה (rā·’ā·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

any God
אֱלֹהִים֙ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

but You,
זוּלָ֣תְךָ֔ (zū·lā·ṯə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2108: Scattering, removal, except

who acts
יַעֲשֶׂ֖ה (ya·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

on behalf of those who wait
לִמְחַכֵּה־ (lim·ḥak·kêh-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2442: To adhere to, to await

for Him.
לֽוֹ׃ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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